BBC Radio Kent Interview about Second Jobs

Geoff Newman, managing director of the UK’s largest online recruitment company, Recruitment Genius, was recently featured on BBC Radio Kent to discuss the second job market. Some of his insights:

  • Research by Unite has found that 24% of all workers in Scotland have a second job. 90% of those said it was because they needed the extra money to accommodate their lifestyle
  • Many people have to work part-time because there are not many full-time jobs available in this current climate
  • As more companies come out of recession they tend to huge capital investment in machinery. These need to run 24 hours meaning different shift patterns are generated
  • Technology has allowed more outsourcing meaning a rise in the number of remote workers. It has automated so much that there is no longer a requirement for full-time jobs such as bookkeeping or clerical work. As a consequence these roles now fall under the ‘part-time work’ category
  • Employers, particularly those who have recently started their own business, lack the confidence and cash flow to employ people on a full-time basis. As a consequence part-time work is being offered instead
  • Maternity leave also generates more part-time jobs. Many choose to go ‘part-time’ as a lifestyle choice. This creates the concept of job sharing
  • Employers can also recruit staff on zero-hour contracts which many public sector organisations choose to do
  • At Recruitment Genius we have two interim directors who bring a huge breadth of experience to the business. They work a few times a month and add great value to the organisation. They have a portfolio of other assignments to work on and they cherish the variety
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